Tropical storm may form in coming days; impact still unclear

Taipei-A tropical disturbance currently located in waters south of Guam could turn into a tropical storm in the next few days, but it remains unclear as of now whether it will affect Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Sunday.

The tropical disturbance is currently situated in waters south of Guam and moving in a northwestern direction, the CWB said.

The bureau did "not rule out the possibility" that the tropical system will develop into a tropical storm that would be called Surigae on Wednesday or Thursday, CWB forecaster Yeh Chih-chun (???) told CNA.

Yeh expected, however, that it will only have a limited impact, if any, on the island of Taiwan.

The storm would not affect Taiwan if it turned northward early, Yeh said, and even if it came close to Taiwan, its strength would likely be moderated after encountering seasonal northeasterly winds.

As for the weather in the next two days, Yeh said it will remain stable across the island until Tuesday evening except for eastern Taiwan and mountainous areas in western Taiwan, where sporadic rain is expected.

A cold front will pass through northern Taiwan on Tuesday evening, bringing rain and lower temperatures to the northern part of the island and rain to eastern Taiwan.

What rain there is will probably not improve the severe drought conditions in central and southern Taiwan, according to Yeh.

In the meantime, temperatures across Taiwan will rise in the next two days until the presence of colder air becomes more apparent in northern Taiwan on Wednesday.

Temperatures on Monday and Tuesday will reach as high as 29-32 degrees Celsius in western Taiwan and 27-28 degrees in eastern Taiwan.

Starting from Wednesday, the highs in Taipei are forecast to fall to 22-23 degrees, while the lows will hit 16-17 degrees, Yeh said.

Meanwhile, temperatures in other parts of Taiwan will be affected less, with the highs falling by about 2-3 degrees, the forecaster said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel